Grieving father turns to music to help others

Grieving father turns to music to help others
Both parents say the song was a way to describe the loss they felt. (Photo source: WLOX)
Both parents say the song was a way to describe the loss they felt. (Photo source: WLOX)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Katie Bogard went into labor on Sept. 22, 2013. Before she and her husband Beau knew it, 7 pound Whit arrived.

The new parents even heard their son cry out for the first time.

"I ran out and pretty much proclaimed to everybody, 'He's here, he's here and Katie's doing great,'" said Beau.

However, the excitement quickly took a turn.

"It was probably five or 10 minutes later when somebody taped me on the shoulder and said a doctor wanted to speak with me," said Beau. "That's when we went back to the NICU and the doctor told me there was some issues with his heart."

Doctors told Beau that Whit had left side heart failure. To give the family a few hours with their son, the Gulfport Memorial Hospital NICU repeatedly gave Whit CPR and oxygen.

"They did his hair, gave him a little mo-hawk, and dressed him for us and let us keep him longer than we could have," said Beau.

Whit died in his parents arms five hours later.

Channeling the couples immense pain, Beau came up with the song "Really Want To Know".

"The song is 100 percent about what both of us, and probably every other parent who has lost a child, thinks on a daily basis. What is it like, or what does heaven look like," said the grieving father.

After posting it to social media, the song was shared more than 35,000 times. Beau eventually went to Nashville to have it professionally recorded.

Proceeds from "Really Want To Know" will go toward the the NICU at Memorial; the very department that supported him and Katie during their worst time.

"I don't think that it's possible to describe unless you've actually been there....unless you go through it you just can't possibly understand. I hate that anyone has to go through it," said Katie. "I think we're forever changed."

Anyone interested in downloading this song can purchase it from iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play.

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